Super-Power Song Playlist from Misty Brough

Do you want to know what I’m bad at? There are lots of things: talking to people, using the phone, writing letters, being spontaneous, saying “Yes,” saying “No,” dressing myself, dressing my children . . . I could go on. Would you like me to? No, it’s too painful. Okay, fine. We’ll just do one more: Music. I’m bad at music. I took piano lessons for many years. Flute lessons too. For the record, I’m better at flute than at piano, but that’s not actually what I’m talking about. I’m talking about being bad at exploring music. I just kind of sit there and hope the music finds me. It usually does, but only because there are people like Misty in this world, people who do the hard work and let me reap the benefits.

So while I pump up to the most cliche power song of all time, Misty has a whole playlist full of good power songs, starting with a nice, slow warm up in “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, part 1” by the Flaming Lips.

Once you’ve warmed up, use“Music for a Found Harmonium” from Cafe del Mar to get into your rhythm.

Rhythm found. So now that you’re cruising along in a comfortable stride, get some fist-pumping action going with “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessionals. Feel free to surge with the chorus.

And now your heart is pumping a little faster, you’re feeling good, and you can turn up the volume and get lost in “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot. You won’t even notice how far you’ve gone or remember that you so didn’t want to go for a run today.

And then you’ll have killed it, and as you cool down you can dance around to “Pork and Beans” by Weezer and not even care about the looks you’re getting. Because, remember? You just killed it. And you’ve got energy to spare.

You can thank Misty for that.


If you have a power song or list of songs you’d like to share, e-mail me: Thanks!

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  1. I LOVE getting into your head. I have said it before but this is my favorite part of this blog. I am always so curious what runners listen to when they run (not being a runner myself but aspiring to).


    lizzie Reply:

    Thanks Julie! I’ll try to do this kind of thing more often.


  2. I like that pork & beans song (had never heard it before.)
    Otherwise, we have… different running music.


    lizzie Reply:

    I’m a fan of the bpm approach, but I’m too lazy to actually find songs with the beats I need. Micah used a program many years ago to “create” songs with the right bpm. He could always tell when it came up on my iPod when I had it on random because my posture would improve.


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